Gov. Kathy Hochul demanded a plum job as a US ambassador or undersecretary of commerce in trade for being changed as Andrew Cuomo’s 2022 working mate — earlier than he was compelled to resign as governor over sexual harassment allegations, sources informed The Put up on Thursday.
High Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa reached out to the White Home in January to attempt rating then-Lt. Gov. Hochul a diplomatic posting to her ancestral homeland of Eire or to Canada, sources mentioned.
The U.S. Embassy to Canada is situated in Ottawa, which is lower than a six-hour drive from Hochul’s hometown of Buffalo.
However officers in President Biden “laughed us out of the room” when Cuomo’s folks requested that she be nominated, one supply mentioned.
The White Home made a counter-offer of “an undersecretary function” for Hochul and she or he agreed to work within the Commerce Division, the supply mentioned.
However the discussions got here to an abrupt finish in late February when Cuomo was engulfed by the spiraling sexual harassment scandal that compelled him to stop in shame lower than seven months later, halfway by way of his third time period.
The trouble to discover a new job for Hochul — first reported by the Washington Post — was a part of Cuomo’s plan to dump her in favor of a minority candidate on his deliberate 2022 re-election ticket.
On Tuesday, The Put up completely reported that Cuomo’s aides phoned Hochul in January and informed her she was being compelled out as a result of he wished a working mate from downstate with ties to the minority neighborhood.
Hochul confirmed that report on Wednesday, saying, “It’s an open secret that we aren’t shut.”
She added: “This was tried on the finish of 2014, main. This was tried in 2018. And I’m nonetheless standing.”
A supply near Cuomo mentioned Thursday that his aides “had been speaking about a lot of African-American ladies of substance that we had been wanting so as to add to the administration and diversify the ticket.”
“However we didn’t get to the purpose the place we had been making calls,” the supply added.
It’s unclear if the potential candidates into account included Lawyer Common Letitia James, who was previously New York Metropolis’s public advocate.
In late January, James launched a report that exposed Cuomo’s administration had publicly undercounted the variety of nursing residence residents killed by the coronavirus amid controversy over a state mandate that compelled elder-care amenities to just accept “medically secure” COVID-19 sufferers discharged from hospitals.
James additionally launched the devastating, Aug. 3 report that discovered Cuomo, 63, sexually harassed 11 women, 9 of them present or former state employees and most of their 20s or 30s — main him to announce his resignation per week later.
Final week, The Put up completely reported that James hinted she would challenge Hochul for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination subsequent 12 months, telling a sold-out, Sept. 30 dinner assembly of the Ulster County Democratic Committee, “Keep tuned.”
Hochul introduced her plans to seek a full term as governor subsequent 12 months on Aug. 12, 11 days earlier than Cuomo really left workplace.
A Hochul spokesperson declined to remark Thursday.